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A Safety Net for the Developmentally Disabled

Courtesy The Arc of Maryland

Thousands of people with developmental disabilities like autism or Down syndrome are on Maryland’s waitlist for services. About 100 people are considered “in crisis.” That means they lack stable housing or may be at risk of physical harm. State funds for even the most urgent cases are in jeopardy each year. What happens when a family can no longer meet the needs of a loved one with a disability? This hour the head of the non-profit Arc of Maryland tells us about past efforts to lock in funds for the developmentally disabled. And we hear from the brother of two young men with developmental disabilities. He worries about their future care. Should funding the crisis waitlist be mandatory? 

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